What's Happening in KB?

contact info: sboyle@nrsd.net    (978) 779-2821 x5034
Dates to Remember:
* Apr. 9 - Scholastic book orders due
* Apr. 17-21 - vacation
* Apr. 28 - early release
* May 26 - early release
* May 29 - no school-Memorial day
* June 1 - Kindergarten Art Show (more to come soon!)
* June 2 - K-3 Field Day 9-11 (rain date June 12)
* June 20 - Day 180/early release (no lunch)/Move Up Day

ScheduleA day-Music; B day-Gym (sneakers!)C day-Library (books!)D day-Gym (sneakers!)
                   E day-Computers; F day-Art and Health

A-F schedule: 4/10 - D day; 4/11 - E day; 4/12 - F day; 4/13 - A day; 4/14 - B day
                            4/24 - C day; 4/25 - D day; 4/26 - E day; 4/27 - F day; 4/28 - ER/C day

PLEASE BE SURE CHECK YOUR CHILD'S RED FOLDER, MARK THEIR LUNCH MENU, AND SEND SHOES IN EVERY DAY. You are welcome to send in shoes to keep in their cubby.

* We will be starting an art project in the classroom in a few weeks.
 If each child could bring in an empty, clean, clear glass bottle we'd 
appreciate it. We're looking for ones like a Snapple bottle, not plastic.

* We are rapidly going through our supply of Kleenex. If you are able to send in a box, it would be much appreciated.

* If your child has had to use their extra clothes, please send in some clean replacements.

* Please sign and return the report card envelope, the report card is yours to keep.

* If you are sending in a snack item that requires a spoon or fork, please send one in your child's lunch bag. We're very limited in what we have in the classroom.

* Any time is a great time to learn to tie shoes! 

* Share time: I would prefer if the items to share are special in some way (from a special person, made by themselves, a book to share, etc.) not just a toy. Also, before they bring their share, please help your child practice what they will say (what it is, why it is special, how they made it, etc.) to make it a meaningful presentation and to practice their oral presentation skills.  The children don't have to share on their day, that's just the day they may bring something in if they choose.
            - A day - Harrison, Logan, Zoya, Sukie
            - B day - Liam, Connor F., Seamus, Callie
            - C day - Kiera, Ava, Bradyn 
            - D day - Connor N., Fionna, Molly
            - E day - Charlotte, Lillian, Jasmine, Jay
            - F day - Ari, Jack, Eli, John

* Rest mats will be sent home on Fridays. Even though the rugs are vacuumed every night, it's amazing how much sand and dirt the kids bring in on a daily basis! Please wash them and return them on Mondays.

* Anything you can do to keep to routines and schedules as far as school goes would be immensely helpful. Please be sure to inform myself, Kirsten, and fssattendance of any absences, tardies, and dismissal changes, empty and mark your child's red folder every day, and send your child to school rested and ready to focus on our busy days. Thank you!!

Our morning is fairly long as we don't go to lunch until 12:35. We recommend that you send a hearty, healthy snack for the morning so the children are well fueled and focused on our morning tasks. If your child's snack requires a spoon or fork, please send one in their lunch bag. Please remember that we are a nut free classroom for our snack times. There have been a couple of instances where snacks with nuts have been eaten in the classroom, creating a hazard for those with nut allergies. Nut products are allowed in the cafeteria at lunch time only. Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

* As we enter the winter season, please be sure that your child is coming in with adequate clothes to go outside EVERY DAY (coat, hat, mittens; boots/snowpants if there's measurable snow). Also, we'd appreciate it if you would work with your child and help them to be able to independently dress themselves for outside play. They should be able to zip/button coats, put on snowpants, boots, hats and mittens, and know what order in which to do it (ie. snowpants on before boots!). With 22 children and 2 teachers, it will limit our outside time greatly if the children are unable to do this independently. Also, we'd LOVE it if kids could learn how to tie shoes

* Please be sure your child has a change of clothes here in case of accidents. Also, if your child comes home with dirty clothes, please send in replacements asap.

* If you are interested in helping in the classroom, please send me an email giving me days/morning times that you'd be available. I'll probably put out a schedule for 2 week periods, to try to avoid as many of the the inevitable interruptions and schedule changes as possible. Please remember that if you would like to volunteer in any capacity in the school this year you MUST have a completed CORI on file. CORIs are valid for 3 years so if you completed one previously, check with Deb in the front office to make sure it is still valid. If not, you'll need to come into the office to fill out a form and have your license copied before it can be processed.

* KB wish list8 1/2 x 11 or 11 x 17 white, 110lb  cardstockXyron magnet tape (https://www.amazon.com/Xyron-4-inch-Wide-Magnet-25-feet); play sand for sensory table

* An email account (FSSattendance@nrsd.net) has been set up for parents to report absences and tardies. The information will automatically be forwarded to school secretaries and nurses (please cc Kirsten and me so we are aware as well). You can report planned and unexpected absences, tardies, and dismissals. Please either email via FSS attendance or send a note in your child's red home/school folder if there's a change in your child's dismissal routine (ex. early dismissal for appointment, bus home instead of extended care, etc.). We will check each child's folder every morning as they come in and would appreciate it if you would check it each evening. If you could include the date and your child's full name on any notes, that would be helpful as we send them to the office once we've received the information. Also, if a change occurs during the day and you need to contact us, please DO NOT email only us as we can't guarantee that we're able to read email during the day. Please contact fssattendance@nrsd.net or call the office directly and they will be sure we know of the change.

* Full day students will bring or buy lunch every day and should bring 2 snacks (morning and afternoon) and a drink/water bottle. Half day students should bring a snack and drink/water bottle each day. All students will bring or buy lunch on early release days. Children can buy milk at lunch time but we do not buy milk for snack times. Please be aware that we do not have the facilities to heat or store food items so all food needs to be edible from their lunch box. For the safety of all students, nut foods will be consumed in the cafeteria at lunch and classroom snacks must be nut free.

* If your child is buying lunch or milk, the cafeteria does not accept cash. You may either send in a check made out to NRSD Lunch or put money in their account online at My School Bucks. I have added the forms for free/reduced price meals on the 'Useful Documents' page. A monthly lunch calendar will be in their red home folder. Please mark it daily according to the key at the top.

* The children go out for recess every day so please be sure children are appropriately dressed for the weather. In the warm weather, water bottles and sturdy shoes/sandals (preferably not flip flops) and in cold weather, long pants/leggings/tights, hats, mittens, and boots are encouraged. We go out every day the weather allows so layers are always good. When the cold weather sets in, if you'd like to send in a bag of items (mittens, hat, snowpants, sneakers, etc.) that can stay in their cubbies, that's fine. 
"There is no bad weather, just inadequate clothing"

* I have uploaded the lunch menu, A-F day schedule, free/reduced lunch packet, district calendar, and Parent/Student Handbook to the 'Useful Documents' page. They can be downloaded and printed as needed. I will upload the new lunch menu each month.

* Every fall, we have reported cases of lice in our schoolLice is most common in pre-school and elementary-aged children, and more commonly transmitted outside of school rather than in school, during close play at play dates, and sleepovers.  This is why we typically see more cases in the months succeeding summer and in the winter surrounding school vacations. 

Some simple steps can be taken to prevent an infestation of lice or detect it early:
- Encourage your child to not share hats and other head wear, brushes, or combs. 
- "Air around the hair" is a phrase used to remind children to keep space between their head and other children's heads during play and during rest. 
- Regular, daily observation and checks by parents at home during these higher-incidence months can also be an effective way to detect and quickly treat head lice infestations. 

Transmission of lice via rest mats is highly unlikely.  Lice are parasites and will only crawl off of one host if they have another host directly available, as in another head.  Direct head to head contact for a prolonged period, such as resting with heads together, is how lice is transmitted.  Rest mats are stored rolled up, in plastic bags, in individual cubbies,

The Nashoba Regional School District policy for lice follows the most current best practice recommendations from both the CDC and the the AAP.  For more information about lice from both of these organizations, you can click on the links below or contact your child's school nurse for further information.